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Is It Now A One Horse Race?

One striker.

That is all Real Madrid will really be left with this December before the January transfer window opens back up. The loss of Gonzalo Higuain to a hernia problem could cost Jose Mourinho a shot at the league title this season.

Just a few weeks back Real Madrid potentially looked like they could become the best team in the world by the end of the year. Ronaldo’s goal pace was frightening, Mourinho’s side had only given up a pair of goals for the season and Los Blancos were enjoying first place results. Then a 5-0 embarrassment to their rivals in el clasico reminded the world that Barca was still by far the best and following their first league loss of the season Real Madrid was delivered any even more crippling blow with the absence of Gonzalo Higuain for a minimum of two months.

Mourinho, who has often spoken of his desire for another star forward, is now stuck with Karim Benzema as the lone classic striker on the roster and the young Frenchman has been anything but reliable during his brief time in Spain. Benzema has been a bust ever since he joined Madrid from Lyon, so expect Mourinho to go shopping this January and look for a little bit more depth at the position.   

The good news for the Special One though is that he still does have a decent group of scorers to choose from for regular minutes including: Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria. And even better news for the coach is the arrival of Kaka from injury within the next few weeks, so their is still plenty of offensive talent available for the coach to use down the road without the Argentine.

But the bad news right now for Real Madrid is that they only have one striker left on their team and the guy is anything but consistent and reliable.